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JEM-PRECIOUS STONES
(Issue #43 -- THE SOLID ROCK -- July 2006)


What is more solid than a rock? I suppose worldly science could find something, but even their best shot wouldn’t even compare to the Sure Foundation of Jesus Christ! He is Constant, Immovable, and True! There is NO ROCK – There is NO GOD like our GOD!

Psalms 62:6-8(NIV)
He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God ; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. Selah

In His Service,
Matt

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ACROSTIC FOR JULY
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
BIRTHDAY GREETING
INSPIRATIONAL THOUGHT
WORD IN ACTION
THE SOLID ROCK
THINK ABOUT IT!
TESTIMONY TIME
CHALLENGE OF THE MONTH
RECIPE OF THE MONTH
QUICK TIP OF THE MONTH
CRAFT OF THE MONTH
SKIPPING STONES
BIBLE QUIZ
CHECK IT OUT!
JEM'S PUZZLER OF THE MONTH



ACROSTIC FOR JULY
By: Denise Imbody

Joyously we come together and
Unanimously proclaim that Jesus is
Lord of all as
You and I stand firm on Him, THE SOLID ROCK!

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WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Do you have an opinion or thought that you'd like to share with JEM-Precious Stones readers? Well, here is your chance...if you'd just like to comment on the E-zine or if you have something on your mind about current events that you'd like to share...as long as they are clean and family oriented and NOT against God and His Word...please feel free to share them with us, and we'll use them if we can.

Comment Submitted by: Gwen Tweedy
I have found myself lately being stressed out by things I have heard on the news. I'm not sure just why all of a sudden again I am but the facts are that I am. From the space shuttle going up and the fears contained in that, to missiles being aimed at the US there are tons of things to get anxious about, plus health issues of family and friends it never ends. Or does it?

God tells us clearly to be anxious for nothing and if we are to believe the Bible from cover to maps this is what it means. God knows us as humans. And He knows we are natural worriers and concern ourselves with far more than is necessary. Health experts will also down play these worries and stresses because they know the physical Havoc these can create if we let them do so. So we have a choice.

Either we let this stuff get to us, or we do what our loving Heavenly Father tells us to do and be anxious for nothing and give it to God alone to handle. Say now the more I think about that the more at peace I feel. How about you?

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BIRTHDAY GREETING

May God grant you a wonderful day this year! May all your God-inspired wishes come true, and all His plans for you be fulfilled IN you!

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INSPIRATIONAL THOUGHT
By: Denise Imbody

Talk to the Lord each day and
He will help you
Endure through trials and tests.

Seek the Lord each day
On every matter and He will
Lift your burden and give you
Insight to each
Dilemma and circumstance.

Remember to thank the Lord each day for the
Opportunities and blessings He
Cascades upon us to help us
Know that He is with all of us always.

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WORD IN ACTION
By: Barbara Lea Campbell

"Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7 NIV

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles" 2 Corinthians 1:3-4a NIV

Recently my daughter and I spent an afternoon in a very busy part of a neighboring city doing some much needed shopping. As we were leaving to head back to our small part of the world, we realized it was 5:15 p.m. and traffic was a snarling mess. We needed to pull onto a road that would lead us away from the chaos to home, but sadly we were turning to the left. This meant we would have to cross in front of one lane of traffic and merge into the other. I much prefer being able to merge without crossing! The road we were pulling onto was bumper to bumper. We waited... waited... waited... there was a long line forming behind. We kept waiting in silence... certain there would be a break at some point. Then at the very same time we both said "Lord, part the sea!" We laughed a bit at our words and then the strangest thing happened. A woman stopped to turn from the busy road onto our road. I was sure this would cause the traffic in our intersection to jam up even worse and we would be delayed longer. I was wrong. My daughter noticed that the woman was waving her arm at me. When I looked I realized that she had stopped the traffic in her lane and the traffic in the other had slacked off. She was motioning me to pull out and in front of her so that I might get onto the road. I waved a thank you, stunned at her act and then sent up a prayer to the Lord to bless her for her thoughtfulness. And then it hit me.. He had answered the prayer my daughter and I sent up. He had parted the sea for us and made a way.

Now this all seems trivial in the grand scheme of things, but as I thought on these things God used them to remind me that He cares about everything in my life... in your life too!

Yes, He wants us to pour out the big stuff to Him... to ask for His guidance, peace, protection, discernment, provision and so much more. But He also wants to be a part of our day to day "little" stuff. How often do we only talk to Him when we are in trouble.. He is often our last ditch effort.. that is not what He wants.

And little things do matter. They are often the things that lead to sin. I was becoming impatient waiting on that traffic to clear... angry, irritable.. I could have easily taken that attitude home to my family. Praise the Lord He answered my cry for help and instead I went home feeling blessed and joyful.

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THE SOLID ROCK
By: Matthew Imbody

This upcoming week is threatening to be an extremely difficult one. My parents are both having "medical events", our pastor just lost his father, my sister-in-law just had an accident, our youth pastor's wife is having knee surgery, Missiles are flying and tanks are rolling in Israel – and all this doesn't even include unspoken needs! Something might soon give both in our little world, and the world in general...

But what is our hope – our future built upon?

Is it built upon health and life – a foundation of medical science that seems to change from day to day; one that may be here today and gone tomorrow; one that is uncertain and sketchy at best? No way!

Is it built upon relationships, events and circumstances who's only constant is change; uncontrolled outbursts, or unwelcome news; the selfish actions of those looking out for "number One" and not The Will of God? I think not!

Is it built upon end-time prophesies, world events, or wars and rumors of war; the shaky ground of guesses, predictions or even deceptions? Not at all!

My hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholy lean on Jesus name

Chorus
On Christ the solid rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
All other ground is sinking sand

When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace
In every high and stormy gale,
my anchor holds within the veil

(Chorus)

His oath, His covenant His blood,
support me in the whelming flood
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay

(Chorus)

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
O may I then in Him be found
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
faultless to stand before the throne

Jesus is our firm foundation – no matter what else is going on around us! Christ is our hope, our future, our ROCK, no matter what the enemy might throw at us this week! What should our response then be to all these things that come against us? We should stand firm in our immovable Savior, proclaim that His Blood still sets men free, and fall on our knees and bring everything before Him!

Lets pray for our families, pray for our friends, pray for our churches and leaders, pray for our country and world, and pray for the peace of Jerusalem!

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THINK ABOUT IT!

"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship."
-Patrick Henry

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TESTIMONY TIME

My Testimony: By Barbara Lea Campbell

Recently my son, age 14, went away from home for the first time. He was 7 hours away with our church's youth group having the time of his life... and I was home.. without him. Everyone expected "Mom" to fall apart.. and I admit, I thought I would too. I answered the Lord's call to be a stay-at-home wife and mom when I was pregnant with this child. He is the younger or my 2.. my baby. And to top it off we homeschool! So I spend a great deal of time with my kids!

But you know.. God is so faithful.. and so awesome. This trip was not planned.. at least not for us. My son wanted to go, but we only recently started to attend this church and had missed the deadline for signing up. Plus the cost was more than we could afford right now. And yet, 6 days before they were to leave my son was given a scholarship. My husband and I were floored! God had provided.. and we hadn't even asked! I knew we had to let him go... I knew God had great things planned for him.. and He did, but what I didn't know was that the Lord had great things planned for me.

I got a glimpse into the world of the empty nest. My daughter graduated this past May from high school and is taking a college class and is gone a fair portion of the day. So I was on my own.. a lot! Now I like to be on my own some, but I have wondered what on earth I will do when there are no kids at home. And I have feared I would miss them so much and be totally lost.

The night before my son was to leave, a current contemporary Christian song came into my mind. It is Natalie Grant's "Held". This song deals with something tragic... the loss of a child... not just the letting go of one... and still the Lord used the chorus to remind me that He would hold me as I watched my son take flight.. He was there with me, holding me, comforting me with His words of love... and even more, He was holding my son while he was away from me. God even blessed me with a picture in my mind of Him holding my son in His hand. My heart swelled with love for my Father and total peace.... truly the peace that passes all understanding.

Now I really do know there are worse things than a child going away for a week... but I also know that it was a pivotal week in my son's life and in the life of my husband and me. And I believe it was the beginning of great things to come.. I believe the Lord used that time to prepare me for my son's all too soon departure from our home to start a life of his own serving the Lord. And even then, I will remember that God is holding me close and holding my child in His strong loving hands.

"This is what it means to be held. How it feels when the sacred is torn from your life And you survive." from "Held"

" even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast." Ps. 139:10

***If you would like to share your testimony in an upcoming issue of JEM Precious Stones, please feel free to send it to Precious_Stones@JEMMinistries.org. If we use it, you will get full credit, but please know that due to the number of contributions, and other concerns, we may not be able to use all submissions.***



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CHALLENGE OF THE MONTH

We really should be getting into God’s word, as much as we possibly can. We would like to encourage you with a challenge each month, to memorize a portion of Scripture. So, we will provide a passage, and hope that you will take the time to study it daily. If you are already doing this on your own, that is great--we just thought with prayer, and making it a bit easier for some folks, that we could help those who may not be doing this yet. All passages will be from the King James Version of the Bible. We do not mind other versions, and you can study it in whichever version you like. We have chosen KJV, because it is public domain. We pray that you will hide His word in your heart.

Psalm 62
1 Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation.
2 He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.

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RECIPE OF THE MONTH
Submitted by: Jan Dobens

Chilled Strawberry Pie

Ingredients:

1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 cup lemon/lime soda
1/8 teaspoon red food coloring, optional
1 pint strawberries, rinsed, hulled and sliced
1 (9-inch) frozen pie crust, baked according to package instructions
1 (8-ounce) container nondairy whipped topping, thawed

Method:

1. Combine sugar and cornstarch in a medium-sized, heavy saucepan; whisk in lemon/lime soda and cook over medium heat until thick, stirring constantly.
2. Remove from heat and add red food coloring; fold in sliced strawberries. Pour mixture into pie crust; refrigerate for 2 hours.
3. Top with non-dairy whipped topping.

Helpful Hints:

Makes 9 servings.
A little lemon-lime soda adds zest and zing to this luscious strawberry pie filling. Thickened with sugar and cornstarch it acts as a creamy base for the strawberries.

Do you have an original recipe that you would like to share? Click here to submit it!

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QUICK TIP OF THE MONTH
Submitted by: Barbara Lea Campbell

When removing a tick, you want to get it all. The tick actually buries its tiny head under the top layer of skin. If you pull a tick off and leave that bit of head, you can get an infection. Growing up, we had our share of ticks to deal with from my grandparents farm and from the lakes we visited. We found that the best method for removing ticks involved nail polish. We would paint the tick with nail polish... color doesn't matter. Once the polish dried, we could wash it off with soap and a brush or remove it with polish remover and the tick would come off with it. The polish would have suffocated the tick, forcing it to release the skin. A safe, easy and painless way to get rid of a summer time pest!

Do you have an original Quick Tip that you would like to share? Click here to submit it!

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CRAFT OF THE MONTH
Submitted by: Barbara Lea Campbell

In keeping with our Idea of the Month, we wanted to share a Christmassy Craft idea.

No-Bake Gingerbread Men

Here is a way to have some fun with your kids and make some cute ornaments for your tree or to give to others (great for grandparents!).

Take come corrugated cardboard (Old boxes are the best place to find this). If the cardboard is brown and has no print on it that is great! If it is another color or has print on it, you will want to paint it brown.

Trace a Gingerbread man shape onto the cardboard using a template or a cookie cutter or just draw it free hand. Cut out the shape.

I suggest making a few of these up ahead of time if doing this with children.

Take the cardboard Gingerbread man and decorate him with paint or markers. A cute thing to use is puffy paint. It comes in tubes at the craft store. Once painted with puffy paint, let it dry a bit and then use a blow dryer to puff the paint (the paint comes with directions for doing this).

You can also embellish with beads or sequins. Have fun! Be adventurous and try other shapes like reindeer, angels, snowmen,... your Christmas cookie cutters are a great place to start!

***If you have an original recipe, quick tip, or craft, that you would like to share with us, please send it in with your first and last name, and your email address to Precious_Stones@JEMMinistries.org. If we use it, you will get full credit, but please know that due to the number of contributions, and other concerns, we will not be able to use all submissions.***

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SKIPPING STONES
(A word of encouragement)
By: Denise Imbody

We all know that THE SOLID ROCK that we have been focusing on this month, is our Lord and Savior, Jesus. He is our Rock, Redeemer, Brother, Friend and so much more. We have been looking at how He is our SOLID ROCK, and how we can stand firm on Him and His Word.

I know when I am feeling down and discouraged I like to either listen to some uplifting music, or read a Psalm, or maybe do a little of both.

THE SOLID ROCK is my favorite hymn. I do NOT know hymns as well as I know other Christian music, but I am trying to get better with that, because I know that there are some really beautiful and meaningful words in the midst of the hymns.

Most of you know that I LOVE music, and therefore it is easy for me to quote a song, or hymn, or even put all the lyrics in, but I am not going to do that this time.

I also LOVE the Book of Psalms. I think it is because it is a book of poems and songs, and I can just relate to both of those things.

I'd like us to look at Psalm 40, as our word of encouragement for this month. It speaks of being pulled out of that slimy pit, and having our feet placed on a ROCK for a firm place to stand. That ROCK is Jesus..He is our firm place to stand no matter what is going on.

If you feel like you are talking to the Lord and He is NOT hearing you, that is just so far from the truth...that is a lie from the enemy...

David must have felt that way at times though, because look how he begins this Psalm...but even though he felt that way, he knew that he knew the Lord was going to listen and help...and that is how we should feel about it too.

If you feel like you just can't pray though, because it is just too hard right now...ask someone to pray for you. We all need lifting up sometimes. Or just turn to this Psalm or to any Psalm, and make it your prayer...it is okay to pray Scripture..in fact, I think that is great. :)

Now on to Psalm 40, which has been taken from the NIV...

Psalm 40;NIV

1 I waited patiently for the LORD;
he turned to me and heard my cry.

2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.

3 He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear
and put their trust in the LORD.

4 Blessed is the man
who makes the LORD his trust,
who does not look to the proud,
to those who turn aside to false gods.

5 Many, O LORD my God,
are the wonders you have done.
The things you planned for us
no one can recount to you;
were I to speak and tell of them,
they would be too many to declare.

6 Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
but my ears you have pierced ;
burnt offerings and sin offerings
you did not require.

7 Then I said, "Here I am, I have come—
it is written about me in the scroll.

8 I desire to do your will, O my God;
your law is within my heart."

9 I proclaim righteousness in the great assembly;
I do not seal my lips,
as you know, O LORD.

10 I do not hide your righteousness in my heart;
I speak of your faithfulness and salvation.
I do not conceal your love and your truth
from the great assembly.

11 Do not withhold your mercy from me, O LORD;
may your love and your truth always protect me.

12 For troubles without number surround me;
my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see.
They are more than the hairs of my head,
and my heart fails within me.

13 Be pleased, O LORD, to save me;
O LORD, come quickly to help me.

14 May all who seek to take my life
be put to shame and confusion;
may all who desire my ruin
be turned back in disgrace.

15 May those who say to me, "Aha! Aha!"
be appalled at their own shame.

16 But may all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who love your salvation always say,
"The LORD be exalted!"

17 Yet I am poor and needy;
may the Lord think of me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
O my God, do not delay.

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BIBLE QUIZ

In this section, you will find five questions each month. Scripture references will sometimes be provided, but other times you will have to seek out the answers. We pray this will help you to get to know God's Word more.

Rocks or Stones are found throughout the Bible. They are often used to mark an important event or place. Let's look at some of the Stones found in the Bible.

1) Once the Israelites finished crossing the Jordan, the Lord told Joshua to have the priests take 12 stones for remembrance of what He had done. Where were the priests to find these stones? (Hint: see Joshua 4)

2) After Samuel subdued the Philistines at Mizpah, he set up a stone in remembrance that "thus far has the Lord helped us." What was the name of that special stone? (Hint: see 1 Samuel 7)

3) After Jacob's dream of the angels going up and down the staircase into Heaven, he took the stone on which he had lain his head and set it up as a pillar. What did he name the place where he set up the stone? (Hint: see Genesis 28)

4) After Laban caught up with Jacob (when he had left with his wives and children), they agreed to make a covenant between themselves and Jacob created a boundary marker that also acted as a witness to their covenant. What did he use to create this marker.. this witness? (Hint: see Genesis 31)

5) Who rolled the large stone over the entrance to the tomb in which Jesus' body was placed? (Hint: see Matthew 27)

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CHECK IT OUT!

In this section we will share, and recommend our favorite website, book, movie, or any other favorite things we can think of to share with you. These are all highly recommended.

Web Site of the Month: Vernalisa's State Recipes
Recommended by: Denise Imbody

This site is a great site for those who love to cook, or who are just interested in what the different kinds of meals might be served in each state, here in America.

There is one recipe per state, and a variety of recipes to try out.

I must say that I was VERY shocked that our home state--MA--did not have one recipe that contained cranberries. MA is "the cranberry" state..and even though I am NOT a fan of the cranberry, I thought there would be a cranberry recipe...but instead I saw a maple recipe, which I thought would be found in the state of VT...but go figure...it is still a fun site, and suggest you check it out! :)

To check out the different recipes for each state, just go here...

http://www.vernalisapartymenus.com/state.html

...and once there click on the state of your choice.

Have fun trying out the different recipe, and hope you find lots of new ideas for suppers and desserts. :)

Book of the Month: Acres of Hope
Recommended by: Kristina

Acres of Hope by Patty Anglin

Acres of Hope: The Miraculous Story of One Family's Gift of Love to Children without Hope is an amazing story of one family's decision to follow God's voice wherever it lead them. And for the Anglins, it lead them to the adoption of children with special needs. Already a large family with seven biological children, Patty and Harold Anglin decided to take in foster children, and over time decided to focus solely on special needs children, those whom other foster families didn't want. Little did they know how their lives would change when they made the decision to just follow the call of God.

This is an inspiring book, told from the mother, Patty's, point of view. Chapter One begins with Patty receiving a phone call about an African-American newborn boy who was born without lower arms or legs. The baby's parents were Nigerian, and this phone call reminds Mrs. Anglin of her childhood growing up with missionary parents in Africa, and the desire she felt as a young girl to one day be a mother to an African child. So begins Acres of Hope, with each chapter focusing on the different children that eventually found their way to the Anglin's home. In addition to their seven biological children they currently have adopted eight children, from all different ages, races, disabilites, parts of the country and parts of the world.

This book is no longer in print, but it can be found at some libraries and on certain online stores. If you have the chance to read it, I highly recommend it, as I know first hand how much it has inspired me to listen to God's voice when He calls.

Idea of the Month: Christmas in July!

Recommended by: Barbara Lea Campbell

Christmas in July!

It seems that a month or so before Christmas arrives, I have great ideas for crafts... homemade ornaments, homemade wrapping paper, and the likes. The problem is I have waited to late. Yes, we can attempt to make something at the last minute, but we loose out on the fun. We are rushed and hurried and just trying to get it done. So why not have Christmas in July! Get some rolls or sheets of newsprint and let your children decorate with their handprints, drawings or paintings to use later as wrapping paper. Buy some clear Christmas ball ornaments (found even in the summer at Craft Stores) and fill them with tinsel or with paint to create a marbleized effect. If you are not an idea person, search online or in craft stores. There are many kits you can purchase to create homemade ornaments and many ideas online for making them from basic items found in your home. Have fun! Laugh! Play Christmas Music! Tell the Christmas story... after all it isn't applicable only in December. And who knows, maybe working on something Christmassy will make you feel a bit cooler during this hot summer month!

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JEM'S PUZZLER OF THE MONTH

In this section you might find a word search, An unscramble the words, OR any kind of word puzzle. We hope you will have fun with it! Ü

We know Jesus is THE SOLID ROCK, and if we make Him our foundation, we will be able to stand firm through those storms. We also know that a synonym for rock is stone, and I thought it would be fun if we unscramble these words that are precious stones found in Exodus 28:17-20..

BRUY

AOPTZ

BERLY

EIOQRSTUU

AEHIPPRS

ADEELMR

ACHIJNT

AAEGT

AEHMSTTY

CEHILORSTY

NOXY

AEJPSR

Click here for the answers

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May God bless and keep you throughout this month! May He smile upon you, and show You mercy all of your days--and may You find peace in Him, and through Him! In Jesus' name, Amen






Answers for this month's BIBLE QUIZ:

1) Joshua 4:3 and tell them to take up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan from right where the priests stood and to carry them over with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight.

2) 1 Sam. 7:12 Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, "Thus far has the LORD helped us."

3) Gen. 28:18 He called that place Bethel, though the city used to be called Luz.

4) Gen. 31:45 - 46 So Jacob took a stone and set it up as a pillar. He said to his relatives, "Gather some stones." So they took stones and piled them in a heap, and they ate there by the heap

5) Matt. 27:57 - 60 As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus' body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away

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Answers for JEM'S PUZZLER OF THE MONTH:

RUBY

TOPAZ

BERYL

TURQUOISE

SAPPHIRE

EMERALD

JACINTH

AGATE

AMETHYST

CHRYSOLITE

ONYX

JASPER

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